Biotech show features NH companiesUnion Leader Staff
June 10. 2018 5:48PM
CONCORD — New Hampshire showcased its fast-growing biotech/medtech industry, its academic partners and its quality of life at the annual BIO International Convention in Boston last week. Now in its 25th year, the event draws more than 17,000 people and 1,800 exhibitors from all over the world.
The Department of Business and Economic Affairs partnered with the University of New Hampshire, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, the Community College System of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College and the New Hampshire High Technology Council to present a collaborative and interactive experience for biotech companies, biotech talent, executives, startups and other stakeholders for the three-day conference, the state said in a release.
“This is a prestigious and respected trade show that’s been around for 25 years, and it was time that New Hampshire got in front of an international audience to talk about what we have going on here,” Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, said in a statement. “We have trailblazing companies that are changing health care around the world.”
Caswell visited with several New Hampshire companies taking part in the show, including Foxx Life Sciences of Salem, Lonza Biologics of Portsmouth and LSNE Contract Manufacturing of Bedford.
“Each of these companies has a major footprint in New Hampshire, and they are continuing to grow,” he said.
Caswell also met with David Alward, Canada’s consul general to New England, for a discussion about life sciences, trade and tariffs.
“We share a $5 billion border with Canada,” Caswell said, “and for many of our businesses, small or large, the relationship with Canada is critical. We need to do what we can to protect that.”